Jonathan Southworth 'John' Ritter (September 17, 1948 September 11, 2003) was an American actor, comedian, and voice-over artist. Ritter was best known for playing Jack Tripper on the hit ABC sitcom Three's Company, for which he won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award in 1984. Don Knotts called Ritter the 'Greatest physical comedian on the planet'. Ritter died on September 11, 2003 of aortic dissection while filming 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. Ritter was born in Burbank, California, the son of actress Dorothy Fay (ne Southworth) and singing cowboy/matinee-star Tex Ritter, who was of German descent. Ritter attended Hollywood High School, where he was student-body president. He went on to the University of Southern California, where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) fraternity, and majored in psychology and minored in architecture. In 1966, Ritter was a contestant on The Dating Game.